Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Written by Gavin Webber
Whilst I have been unable to do much around the place, Kim has been helping me in the garden. Over the last 3 weeks she has been clearing away the dead pumpkin vines and I have been throwing them into the compost bin when I got home from work. Thanks for the help darling! I will make a gardener out of you yet.
There are so many hybrids in the batch, mainly because I planted seeds I collected from an Australian butter that I grew last year, and they obviously cross pollinated with a Queensland blue, and a Japanese pumpkin. There are some amazing shapes and sizes. There is an Australian butter shaped like a Queensland Blue, a Queensland blue shaped like an Australian butter, an Australian butter the same colour as a Japanese and a solitary Butternut the size of my fist!
Hopefully the flesh tastes okay. We have already had a glowing report from our friends next door who swapped me a six pack of home brew for an Australian butter pumpkin. They cooked up some pumpkin soup and said it was fantastic!
I also planted a few seeds of Turks Turban, which were very small. More ornamental than anything else and bit of a curio.
All in all I harvested 13 pumpkins this year, which is about on par with what I managed to grow last year. Next year, I will plant some true to type Australian butter, as they seem to do the best in my climate, and besides I think that they taste far better than the humble butternut anyway.
What are your favourite pumpkins or squash?